Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Aurora Burning (Aurora Rising #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  5 May 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 512

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

 

 

Blurb

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

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Review

Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of Aurora Burning, in exchange for an honest review!

***As Aurora Burning is book 2 in the series, there may be spoilers for book 1, Aurora Rising, in my review!***

 

“I am not feeling nothing”

I’d like to start by saying WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING, GUYS?!  What are you doing to me??  But, I guess I could start at the beginning.  Aurora Rising left me gasping for book two, so I was beyond excited to finally be able to read this one!  All, well, nearly all, my favourite people were back and as fun, witty and loveable as ever (including my favourite Uni Glass, Magellan – seriously, I was going to riot if that sassy, exasperated little machine wasn’t in this book).  Aurora Burning was full of non-stop action, it was INTENSE and there was barely time to breathe.  Chases, battles, explosions, dangerous plans,  EVERYTHING that could be thrown at us was – and I loved every minute.  The entire experience of reading this series feels like being on a spaceship, hurtling towards disaster with no seatbelt, just eyes wide open, hoping to survive the ride.

The focus did make a shift to Auri and Kal in this leg of the journey, but I felt like we also got to know Zila so much better. I think these authors’ pair smirking wit with enough emotion to make it easy to become fully invested in all of the squad (although, I’ll freely admit, I definitely have a case of loving the side characters more than the main characters.  I need a book with Finian as the MC, ok?).

Aurora Burning absolutely does not suffer from second book syndrome.  There were so many twists and reveals and the plot just shone.  We met a few new and important characters, and found out so much more about some of Squad 312’s backstories.  I was left with so many unexpected questions at the end of this book and I can’t wait to have them answered in book 3 (they will be answered, right guys? guys….?)

 

 

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